‘Constitution’ and the Categories

Denis McManus

in Heidegger and the Measure of Truth

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199694877
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745706 | DOI:
‘Constitution’ and the Categories

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This chapter explores how Heidegger's reflections on ‘constitution’ bear on some more familiar philosophical issues, including a long-standing tradition of concern with ‘the categories’. The chapter discusses, in particular, the question of how ‘the categories of thought’ and the ‘categories’ under which objects fall correspond to, or fit, one another. This discussion, informed by Heidegger's engagement with some reflections of Kant's, provides a framework upon which the book's later account of Heidegger's rejection of both idealism and realism draws. But the basis of that rejection also raises the suspicion that talk of ‘constitutive correlations’ and ‘subjective-’ and ‘objective-correlates’ may itself be misleading — a realization that may have played a role in the emergence of Heidegger's concepts of Dasein and ‘Being-in-the-world’. The chapter ends by considering how Heidegger's ‘constitutional’ reflections raise the question of the ‘subject-correlate’ of scientific knowledge and — in a further radical twist — of philosophy itself.

Keywords: categories; realism; idealism; Kant; Dasein; Being-in-the-world; science; philosophy; subject-correlate

Chapter.  9272 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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